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Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape Collection

I have the whole Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-Scape collection to show you today.

It comprises six polishes for Winter 2016. There are two blues, a nude, a mauve, a pink and a copper shimmer. They are such gorgeous colours. As ever, I have been surprised by a couple of Morgan Taylor polishes. The ones I thought I might not like, I have absolutely adored.

The collection is themed around ice-skating. Here are the shades:

  • Figure 8s & Heartbreaks – a dusky mauve creme
  • Flirt In a Skating Skirt – a steel blue creme
  • Hey, Twirl-Friend – a nude creme
  • Ice Queen Anyone? – a copper shimmer
  • Lace ‘Em Up – a midnight blue creme
  • N-ice Girls Rule – a pale pink shimmer
Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape collection
Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape collection
Morgan Taylor Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Each of my swatches is two coats plus top coat. Every single one of these painted on perfectly and lasted really well. I am truly so impressed with Morgan Taylor polishes.

Figure 8s & Heartbreaks

This colour is absolutely stunning. It’s a dusky mauve – precisely the kind of tone that I like. It’s so gorgeous on, and I had so many people ask me what it was called when I wore it. This one is definitely my favourite of the collection.

Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Figure 8s & Heartbreaks, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Flirt In a Skating Skirt

This is another dusky colour, and again one that I think is perfect for me. It’s a steel blue. It is darker than in the bottle – lots of shades are as the the thickness of the glass bottle makes them appear lighter.

Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt
Morgan Taylor Flirt In A Skating Skirt

Hey, Twirl-Friend

This is a nude polish. It has a hint of beige or mushroom about it. It’s a great colour for work, and complements the steel blue especially well. I can see me using these two together for nail art. I used two thicker coats for this swatch. If you paint your polish on thinly, you may need to use three.

Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!
Morgan Taylor Hey Twirl-friend!

Ice Queen Anyone?

This copper shimmer is the one polish in the collection that I thought I wouldn’t like. And I was wrong. It has a lovely sparkle to it under lights (or perhaps out in the sun – not that I can try that in the UK in the mid-winter though!) The photos seem to really show up the line in my nail where the free edge starts. I usually get this when my hands/nails are quite dry, so perhaps I didn’t moisturise well when I took these. I know metallic and shimmery polishes like this can often show up the flaws in your nails, but I don’t recall that showing up while I was wearing the polish.

Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor Ice Queen Anyone?, from The Great Ice-scape collection for Winter 2016

Lace ‘Em Up

Lace ‘Em Up is a deep navy, a midnight blue. It’s another gorgeous polish, and one that I’ve already re-worn since swatching it.

Morgan Taylor Lace 'Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace ‘Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace 'Em Up
Morgan Taylor Lace ‘Em Up

N-ice Girls Rule

This is another from the collection that I looked at at first and thought, no, not for me. I thought it was too girly, too pretty, too fragile for me. But I love this pale pink shimmer. It’s an absolute winner.

Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016
Morgan Taylor N-ice Girls Rule, from The Great Ice-Scape collection for Winter 2016

Here’s a nice little video of some behind the scenes action. I guess it’s from an advert for the collection.

You can buy Morgan Taylor nail polishes in the UK in Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of each Morgan Taylor polish
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Morgan Taylor The Great Ice-scape Collection was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Nail HQ All In One | Base Coat Review

For this review of Nail HQ All In One I’ve only been testing the product for a couple of weeks. So I can’t yet say if it lives up to its claims (more of which below), but I can say that I do like it as a base coat.

This is a blue-tinted base coat that is a multi-solution product for weak, soft and brittle nails. It paints on easily and leaves a slightly roughened texture to the nail, which is exactly what you want from a base coat so that the polish will adhere well to it. The blue tint doesn’t show up on the nail at all.

Nail HQ All In One
Nail HQ All In One

All In One is made with acai berry, argan oil and “replenishing mineral complex”. That last bit is marketing speak for “chemicals”. I don’t mean to rubbish the product, but I do get angry about the marketing of health and beauty products, and with manufacturers who insist on making up product ingredients like this. After all, in my day job I am a marketing consultant, and I know how these sorts of product descriptions come about.

Description aside, it is a nice base coat and one that I would definitely use again. Up until now I have been using Beauty UK’s base coat. This is the same price and I think is a superior product, so I fully intend to switch to using this. Nail HQ All In One is available on Amazon for £3.99 (currently) as an add-on item.

So, to those claims. The formula is supposed to help prevent breakages in weak nails by hydrating the nail, strengthening it and helping to promote growth. The argan oil and the mineral complex help provide the moisture balance that is necessary for flexible nails, which in turn prevents brittleness and breakages.

Now I haven’t had any breakages or splits or flaking since I’ve used it. But I have recently changed to a new nail shape, which I think helps with all that anyway. So it’s a little hard for me to objectively evaluate this claim.

You can use this base coat on its own or under nail polish. The instructions say to wear it for 4-5 days and then remove and re-apply.

There is a whole range of nail care products available, including a “plain” base coat, a strengthener, a hardener, a growth formula and cuticle oil. This is the full range :

Nail HQ nail care range
Nail HQ nail care range

I have used the cuticle oil and really like it. I usually make my own cuticle oil, but bought some Nail HQ cuticle oil when I ran out recently. I have just this week finished up the bottle and can definitely recommend this Nail HQ product too. It is odourless, which I like. I am not always keen on the scents in cuticle oil – with the notable exception of Dadi’Oil – I can’t get enough of the smell of that! And the oil contains jojoba oil, which is very close in make-up to the body’s own natural moisturisers.

 

For this review I’ve used:
  • Base coat: one coat of Nail HQ All In One, under nail polish


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Nail HQ All In One was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

LENA Arab Girl (LE05) | My 1,000th nail polish

This lovely sparkly red is LENA Arab Girl (LE05).

It’s such a festive colour. Sparkly red jelly polishes are perfect for a Christmas manicure. On the LENA website at the moment, it is reduced too, so it’s just £6.95.

LENA nail polish is promoted as being breathable and water permeable. This is important to strict Muslims who perform wudhu before praying and who believe that non-permeable nail polish would mean that the hands cannot be fully and properly cleansed.

So water permeable nail polish is wudhu-friendly and allows Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to Islam.

LENA Arab Girl
LENA Arab Girl

I wasn’t so keen on the brush the first time I used it as it’s wide and straight-edged. But it was less of a struggle this time around. I think perhaps I was more used to it. It still took a little more effort than usual to get a nice curve at the cuticle end using the wide and straight brush edge, but obviously a little practice had helped.

LENA Arab Girl
LENA Arab Girl

This polish is my 1,000th. I never thought I would ever own so many nail polishes. At about 600 or 700, I remember thinking that it was time I slowed down buying them. I have to say that it now takes something very special for me to buy a new polish. Whereas I used to buy 10-20 a month, I now can go many months without even buying a single one. I never thought that would happen either!

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of LENA Arab Girl (LE05)
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
LENA Arab Girl (LE05) was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) … and a new nail shape

The regular readers of this blog – there are one or two … hello! – will immediately notice my new nail shape, but more of that in a bit.

Firstly, this is a swatch of a new (to me) nail brand, called LENA. This polish is a dusky pink, called (rather disappointingly) LE12. It has a name on the LENA website; it’s called Egyptian Fashionista. But the name doesn’t appear on the bottle, unfortunately; just the number.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

LENA polish is breathable and water permeable nail polish. To many of us, this really doesn’t matter. Our nails don’t need to “breathe” to remain healthy and they don’t need for water to get through to them from the outside. (I should know – I’ve worn polish on my nails non-stop for the past four-and-a-half years, with no ill effects).

But to Muslims, this is very important. According to Islam, men and women should perform wudhu before praying. This is a pre-prayer ritual that is undertaken to fully cleanse parts of the body, including the hands. Many Muslims believe that wearing nail polish means that you cannot fully cleanse the hands.

Water permeable nail polish addresses this belief and allows strict Muslims to wear polish but to still adhere to their religion.

LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)

I love the colour of LENA Egyptian Fashionista. Dusky pink shades are very “me”. I love to wear them. Although, in fairness, it’s the bright shades that suit me best.

You get a generous 14ml of polish for £8.95. I wasn’t so keen on the brush though. It is wide and straight-edged and I struggled to use it as I would normally to paint my nails and still get a curve along the cuticle edge of my nails. I had to adjust my technique to get that curve and it was a little more awkward than normal.

The polish is lovely though and it dried quickly and had a lovely shiny finish. (This swatch is without top coat).

So … onto the nail shape. For four-and-a-half years, I’ve sported square nails. I loved my square nails and even though other bloggers have been gradually making their nails oval or almond-shaped or rounded over the past couple of years, I have resisted the trend in order to stick with my beloved squares.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, the corner of my index finger nail broke off. I haven’t had any breaks in a long time now, and I wasn’t happy about it. Rather than file them all down a bit, as I would normally, I just started filing the nail into an almond shape. Before I knew it, I’d done all ten of my nails.

I wasn’t sure about the shape at first. I’m not a lover of change, especially the older I’ve become. But gradually I grew to quite like them. They are easier in every day life as the corners don’t snag on things and I’m not too worried that they will break now. Before, I was so careful with my nails and I now feel less included to be so wary.

They do take a bit more maintenance though, as it’s not so simple as just filing them down a millimetre or two every week. With this shape, you have to be more careful about filing them, so that you get the shape right, and get it symmetrical. And that takes longer.

They’re also the longest they have ever been. The middle and ring finger nails are 20mm long. That’s a good couple of millimetres longer than normal. Yet, they don’t look as long as my square nails used to.

The almond shape is almost impossible to obtain on short nails, so my right hand, with its much shorter nails, is sporting various shapes of square to round, to oval. Only one is long enough to be almond. With square nails, this wouldn’t have looked so odd, but I find it a little embarrassing now that my hands don’t seem to “match”.

 

 

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12)
  • Top coat: none


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
LENA Egyptian Fashionista (LE12) was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! | Sweetheart Squadron Collection

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! is the final polish from the Sweetheart Squadron Collection for autumn.

It is described by Morgan Taylor as a sage green creme. It is a dusky, almost “dirty” green. I’m never keen on green nail polish, but I truly, truly love this one. I think it may even be my favourite from this collection. It’s classy and subtle and as with every other Morgan Taylor nail polish I’ve tried, it paints on perfectly and lasts really well.

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!

This post marks the end of an era for me. Future posts – for a while at least – will showcase my new nail shape. No longer do I have square nails; they are now almond shaped. So look out for those and let me know what you think.

Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!

The polishes in the Sweetheart Squadron collection are:

Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016
Morgan Taylor Sweetheart Squadron Collection for Autumn 2016

In the UK, you can buy Morgan Taylor nail polish at Sally’s stores – or online at www.sallyexpress.com – for £10.99 each.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: two coats of Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute!
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri


All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! was sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.